As another new year rolls around it is once again time to start reflecting on the last 12 months and planning the changes to be made starting January 1st. If you’re completely dumbfounded then fear no more. Today I’m delving into the many different areas and aspects of your life that you can start to make a change in.
Please don't jump in whole hog, just have a look and choose 1 or 2 areas that you think could make the biggest difference
The Big Four
The Big Four are the aspects that we all know will make the biggest difference to our year and lives. Starting with these areas is definitely recommended.
Arguably one of the most important aspects to keep track of. Your health and Fitness should be your top priority. Your health is your wealth, as they say, and making marked improvements in this area will no doubt bleed over into every other aspect.
I’m willing to bet that you’d love to make some form of a shift in the finance department. Maybe a job change, start a business, maybe a side project that brings in enough dolla-bills to play around with. Learning how to take control of and manage your financial world would open many many doors.
We all have relationships that need improvement. Maybe it’s your family, a partner, your friends, the social circle that you don’t have yet or even yourself. Relationships play a huge role in our mental health and self-esteem, and improving them will make drastic changes in the quality of your life.
Yep, your attitude. I consider this one of your big four. There’s no point in having good health, wealth and relationships if you aren’t grateful enough to enjoy it. We’ve all heard the horror stories of those millionaires who commit suicide because they weren’t happy… Don’t be that guy.
What do you do? Do you like it? Do you o your job for fulfilment or because it pays the bills? Is your current position a bridge to something better, are you filling out your C.V or can you honestly say that you like your job (but wouldn’t mind a few extra euro to pad out the paycheck)?
I’m not saying you need to go back to college, you really don’t need the financial stress but if that’s what you want, work away. Maybe you’re in college and need to knuckle down. If you’re not maybe you want to learn a new skill, improve your work abilities, pad out your C.V. Take a course, watch a video, pick up a book or download one. There’s nothing to lose by expanding your knowledge and everything to gain.
Not just your appearance, although maybe this year is the year you get braces (me) or see a dermatologist or loose a tonne of weight. But I mean your physical surroundings, are the people you spend most of your time with bringing you down, is your workplace a positive place to be, is your home set up in a way that helps or hinders you to grow? Where do you spend most of your time? Is that place helping you improve or holding you back?
What do you do for fun? Hobbies are always a great place to start. Maybe you enjoy staying home alone and reading. It could be spending time pampering yourself, an at-home facial or blowing out with a weekend away at a spa. Take some time this year to enjoy yourself, it’s not all go, go, go enjoy the journey.
Last, but by no means least is public service. Do you help people in any capacity? you could donate money to a cause you believe in, sponsor your friend who’s doing a skydive for charity (could be more fun to actually do the skydive). Maybe set up a standing order for one of those people who stand on the streets looking for donations. Volunteer for an organisation you believe in. I know I'm pretty alright with my public service but I definitely could be much, much better.
By no means is this a definitive list, nor is it a full breakdown of each aspect. Over the next few days, I’ll be breaking each aspect down and listing resources, action items and habits that can really make the difference.
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